For the week of 26 February 2017

A second wind, need examination, and divinity.

Tiwaz is the half-month stave through March 14. Nauthiz is the intuitive stave, and Sowilo (Sowilu) indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Tiwaz, Nauthiz, then Sowilo.

The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week. It suggests how we can handle these energies. The planetary stave (also a blind draw) indicates the state and needs of the planet.

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Over the last two weeks, Sowilu has shone on us, reminded us of our divinity, and as such instilled in us some sense of honor. As it is the final rune of the second ætt, it travels with a sense of something completed, reprieve, then something that we can carry forward from that experience.

The Runic Calendar - March - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts

Meaning ‘Tyr/Tuisto,’ the Germanic god who is also known as Buri, grandfather of Odin and the first being licked from the ice by Audhumla. “What?” you ask. “What’s with all the gods? I thought Odin was the Old Norse god? ”

He is, but Odin’s Buri 2.0.


Indeed, I call it the “Plan B” rune, because it brings a state of realizing Plan A, usually one’s heart’s desire, isn’t going to work. It doesn’t mean a dazzling future isn’t in store, though it’s not going to happen on the current trajectory. And by changing trajectory I don’t mean choose the left turn at Albuquerque, but straight on til Neptune.

That depth of personal change is why Tiwaz carries a battle connotation, not because it requires that we fight a demon or defend ourselves to some foe, but because we have to change our mind about the whole thing. We have to reinvent ourselves on the order of an internal paradigm shift, after which the foe is small potatoes.


Nauthiz, “not this,” clears the way so that we can focus on exactly that mind shift for the next week. Meaning “necessity,” this stave presents a dynamic in which we are at a crossroads. We can cross through, yet we don’t. Why? Because we don’t know what’s on the other side. The hesitation creates a sense of going forward into learning the need, which of course means we can’t meet it. We can’t meet needs we can’t identify. We can’t create momentum to go forward if we’re resisting (dissociating) where we stand.  The next week gives us plenty of support to learn the need we’re avoiding, and potentially fill it.

Likewise, Sowilu revisits as the memo from the planet, echoing back through this whole intensity that we can do it, we’ve done it before, and we can bless our growth with honor.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.